The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Qatar will now be more accessible and convenient for the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), as it sets to move to West Bay in Doha.
“We should always ensure efficient delivery of services to our OFWs. The relocation of the labor office will provide convenience to our nationals in availing government services, as well as in raising their issues and concern that needed immediate action and assistance,” Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said.
According to Labor Attaché in Qatar David Des Dicang, the main functions of POLO will shift to the new office located in Al Jazeera Tower in March, which is located in West Bay where numerous OFWs work and reside.
“Many Filipino expatriates, including community leaders, have hailed the move of POLO to shift to West Bay, as a welcome and necessary development in delivering government services,” the labor attaché said in his report to Secretary Bello.
The current office located on Al Furat St. Onaiza Area, Dafna will now serve as Migrant Workers and Other Overseas Filipinos Resource Center (MWOFRC), the central hub of welfare and assistance for migrant Filipinos, which can also be used as temporary shelter for distressed OFWs.
The United Filipino Organizations in Qatar (UFOQ) lauded the efforts of the government in moving the POLO to the business district as it will be more accessible for them to reach out to the government.
“This decision of POLO gives value to the convenience of the nationals in visiting the office both by public and private transport. There’s also better security and control system in the new premises. Moving to a new office located in the business district also uplifts the image of Philippine government agency,” UFOQ Chairman Ressie Fos said.
Meanwhile, Bello also said that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) will continue to boost its services and programs intended for the protection and welfare of the growing number of Filipinos in Qatar.
END/Abegail De Vega